This year is the first Father's Day that I’m not living aware of my parents (save a couple of years in a dorm). I usually assumed that Father's Day would be the same as any other day – that I’d go back home and spend time with my family (plus share some presents!) When I found out that I had potentially been around COVID-19, though, I had to quarantine at home. I found that I wouldn’t get to spend Father's Day with my dad, and it was disappointing. It's weird knowing my dad is a five-minute drive away but I can't go see him. But it is possible to make celebrating Father's Day from the distance easier.

1. Take advantage of technology.

Hopefully, your dad is tech-savvy enough to video chat with you if you are quarantining separately from him. Otherwise, you can watch a movie together using Netflix Party or play online video games if that's more his speed. Even though you can’t celebrate the way you normally do, your dad will appreciate hearing from you over the phone.

2. Send your dad a gift.

It's never too late to send your dad a Father’s Day gift! Even when your present arrives at his house weeks after Father’s Day, your dad will appreciate the thought. You can give him a heads-up that the gift is coming or allow it to be a fun surprise! There are many great gift options on Amazon that you could deliver straight to his house. (I personally went with a funny t-shirt!)

3. Make plans for after quarantine is over.

You might not know when you'll see your dad again, however, you can still talk about what you want to do when quarantine ends. Make plans to visit your dad at home, visit a restaurant, or see a movie, and eagerly hold back until the day when you'll be able to safely leave the house again. Personally, I’m excited to exhibit my parents my new apartment in the future!

No matter how you celebrate today, remember that your dad is your dad every day of the year. Sure, Father's Day is a special day to celebrate your dad, but you’ve had so many other special days with him in your lifetime. Right now, you have to stay apart to remain safe and healthy, but there are plenty more good days coming. Your dad will always be your dad, so look forward to spending time with him in any way you are able to.